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    Comment on Fantastic Voyage .. by ernie.

    Regarding EPL refs stating their allegiance, as I said depressing isn’t it. Does this mean they can’t even find decent refs with the integrity to ref a game fairly? Apparently so. As for us in Scotland we have an added bonus of  what is meant by “allegiance” with a quick whataboutery from the usual suspects last night then straight on to secret societies from guess what communities? I humbly suggest that is where our problems are. 

     

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    Fantastic Voyage ..
    The most depressing thing about this whole referee discussion is our acceptance that referees “have allegiances” that affect their judgement. What a state: it shouldn’t really matter if the ref is called Mason Boyne and his da is a DUP mp (other cheeks are available) the general idea is to ref a game. It’s fitba ffs. 


    Fantastic Voyage ..
    coineanachantaighe 8th September 2018 at 12:06 :

    Of course that's the case.  What makes it worse is rewarding those who adopt the attitude of earning more and stashing it away including admiration for those who do not pay their taxes as proscribed.  In Scotland this is typified by the continued lauding of the old Rangers who set up their remuneration of players to include unlawful tax avoidance (breaking SFA rules on the way by dint of side contracts) and then continued idolisation of a bunch of ex players who shafted the rest of us also.  Bollox to any whataboutery, systematic and long running cheating, that's all it is and let's not let it go.

     


    Fantastic Voyage ..
    If I may refer to my previous sojourn as a committee man in the Aberdeenshire Juniors and prior to that a wee spell running an Amateur team (glutton for punishment!), clubs don't normally challenge wrongfully played players rules, regardless of even honest mistakes, because it's a basic premise of playing organised football that only registered players play, otherwise any old ringer can be roped in as and when required. The clubs accept it because they all know the rules and that there are no ifs or buts. That's why we need to keep the fact that these rules do not apply to at least one club by dint of who they are on the agenda even though it is not a "popular" issue.  It would take only one journo to enquire of the SFA (sub associations are exactly that) as to the difference between Fort William's actions in playing an ineligible player and the old Rangers flooding the game with the same for at least 10 years to blow the whole stitch up.

     


    Recent Comments by ernie

    Bad Money?
    Edusport. I’m a co-owner having bought a share in 2018. We get to vote on various aspects including player selection (up to a very fine point!) but not the actual team management. The name change was voted by the members. I didn’t vote, happy to be a silent partner ( in a very small way) just to see how it goes. I like the academy approach, for what it’s worth it’s the only way I see Scotland ever competing at a high level country and club. But that’s another discussion! Edit to add, plan has always been SPFL by 2025.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    I agree with the "duopoly" reason for our fitba establishment and the SMSM accommodating the TRFC scams up to a point but I'm also trying hard, whilst reading those wonderful succulent lamb pieces reposted on here from pre 2012, but just can't recall similar articles bemoaning the necessity for competition from Celtic (never mind the Dons etc) during the former Rangers' glory EBT years? Like all with a sense of entitlement they'd be fine with a monopoly, just not the current one.

     


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Good point well made AJ.

    I despair that my own club don't speak out about the whole TRFC entering the league and continuity scams but I also get where the problem lies.  You only have to read the old SMSM stories of succulent lamb highlighted in the last few days on here to gauge the level of hubris and entitlement Scotland's institutions' favoured football club carries with it.  If we think that they see the errors of their ways now that Rangers have gone down the tube and another club prevails then we are ignoring a fundamental of human behaviour: institutional bias, and indeed bigotry, does not get changed by logical thought, rather the inherent hatred and elitism is stoked up by public failure and ridicule.  Hence all the "good as Messi" pish and £10m bids from China.  The SFA and the rest of Scotland's blazers hate what is happening now. The atmosphere is getting toxic and will get worse next season. It will take a brave man to speak out IMO.  

    (I say this as a Dons fan btw and really don't have much truck with Celtic either!  However they appear to have won what they've won based on bigger crowds and Euro money which is galling to the rest of us but that's the way of the world, fair enough.)


    Accountability via Transparency.
    I'd rather see East Kilbride and Cove Rangers (other teams that have worked their way up the system are available) in the SPFL than some reserve team personally.  At the moment the bigger teams hoover up all the talent anyway, giving them SPFL status for their excess squads is just a way to consolidate no one else getting a look in.

     


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Angus1983 3rd May 2019 at 12:02

    The message the SFA are giving McInnes is basically the same one you're getting on SFM: "Suck it up and haud yer wheest".